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Antero de Quental
Was connected with realist and symbolist
poetry through his Odes Modernas,
1865, which were part of the programme for the modernisation of Portuguese
society developed by the Geração de 70,
to which he belonged. Yet it was in his Sonetos
Completos, 1886, that the best of his poetry was to be seen, mixing
symbolism that was still tinged with the poetry of
ideas and with philosophical reflection, expressing the intimate and social
conflicts that would eventually lead him to commit suicide.
The sadness of time! The silent spectre
That leads us by the hand... I know not where!
- As much as it may smile, everything is hidden...
As much as it may hurt, everything is shown. -
Each stone, which falls from the tired walls
Of the tremulous castle of the past,
Leaves a broken and ruined breast,
And a heart that is cleft in two!
© Instituto Camões, 2001